Jan 11, 2017

Cybercriminals charge just £20 to paralyse websites

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Want to take someone’s site down and need a cheap hacker; well the Dark Web has them.

In the lawless digital hinterlands of the dark web, hackers hire out their expertise for just £20, offering to cripple websites with an overload of data from ready-made “botnet” armies.

On hidden forums, accessible only by using encrypted technology, clients tout for their services, bidding to have cybercriminals perform all manner of illegal activities, such as compromising university systems to alter grades.

Daniel Smith, a former hacker working for the online security company Radware, gave The Times a tour of the sites and services available via encrypted browsers on the dark web.

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